Christian Brothers File Bankruptcy

Facing lawsuits in Washington state and Canada, the Congregation of Christian Brothers has filed for bankruptcy protection in New York state where they are headquartered. Scores of sexual abuse lawsuits have been filed against the Archdiocese of Seattle and the Christian Brothers concerning the sexual abuse of minor boys in boarding schools and orphanages run by the Christian Brothers within the territory of the Archdiocese of Seattle.
According to Reuters, 35 of the lawsuits stem from cases involving the now-defunct Briscoe Memorial School, an orphanage and boarding school jointly run by the archdiocese and Christian Brothers in Kent, Washington. According to lawyers handling these cases, the bankruptcy filing is nothing more than an attempt to protect the religious order’s assets.
While these sexual abuse cases occurred in the northwest, the Christian Brothers have been implicated in the horrible Irish sexual abuse scandal. Many of the cases involving schools and minor boys sexually abused by religious involved the Christian Brothers.